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Brief from the Board Meeting on June 20

Call to Order

Public Comment: A District 54 parent and teacher asked the board to examine the structure of the dual language program, so students particularly at the younger grade levels, would be served by fewer staff members.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Two requests were received and responded to since the last report to the Board regarding the number of Elk Grove students served and purchasing records. 

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on May 16, 2019
  • The minutes of the special open and closed-session board meetings on May 21 and May 28, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement, termination and employment of personnel
  • The 2019-2020 salaries for administrators, supervisory personnel, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, floor time specialists, educational interpreters and crisis intervention assistants
  • The 2019-20 salary parameters for non-represented staff
  • The 2019-2020 salaries for pay grade 1-3 personnel, market-rated personnel and part-time employees
  • The 2019-20 salary rates for the elementary school lunch program
  • The 2019-2020 daily rates for substitutes
  • Checks dated May 24 and June 7, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for April 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for May 2019
  • Prevailing wage rates for the 2019-2020 school year
  • The purchase of a treasurer’s bond for 2019-2020 from Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • The renewal of software licensing and support for the Library Automation System with Follett Software Company, zSpace and GoGuardian
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting on December 14, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
With the 2018-19 school year over, Superintendent Andy DuRoss highlighted some of the successes District 54 has experienced to date. Our students routinely score in the top 5% on state assessments. A Stanford University study reported that District 54 students experienced 6.2 years of growth in five years. On our staff cultural assessment, 85% reported being highly satisfied and highly engaged.

DuRoss also shared that the focus for the 2019-20 school year will be what he called the 3 P’s:  People, Positivity and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The most important factor in student achievement and social-emotional well-being is the people in our district who connect with our students. The work with PLCs and positivity will support our employees and the children they serve.

DuRoss also reviewed the three District 54 goals.

  • District 54 will ensure the success of the whole child by providing comprehensive approaches and programming, grounded in the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged.
  • District 54 will perform in the top 10% of all schools as measured by state and local assessments in reading and math growth and proficiency.
  • District 54 will close the achievement gap for ALL students in reading and mathematics as measured by state and local assessments.

The four focus areas outlined in the 54 Promise Strategic Plan support these goals. They are

  • Whole Child Academic and Social-Emotional Success,
  • Innovation in Learning Space and Instructional Design,
  • Exceptional Employees and
  • Facilities and Fiscal Responsibility.

In wrapping up his report, DuRoss thanked Dr. Pete Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, for his 13 years of service to District 54. Today is his last day before moving on to a superintendent’s position in another district.

President of the Board’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan also offered his thanks and best wishes to Dr. Hannigan. He also thanked the School Board for the extra time they have given the past month attending graduations and interviewing for the vacancy on the school board.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Member Mary Kay Prusnick thanked everyone who supported the Foundation Golf Outing last week. The Foundation raised more than $33,000 at this event.

PTA Council Report:
PTA representatives have been attending classes this month to prepare for the 2019-20 school year.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed additional representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board approved the contract of employment for Superintendent Andy DuRoss for the years July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.
  • The Board approved the 2019-2020 Tentative Budget.
  • The Board adopted the resolution to call for a public hearing on the 2019-2020 Budget at 7 p.m. August 8, 2019.
  • The Board approved the engagement of CBRE as the broker on record to market the sale of the vacant land located at the southwest corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive in Schaumburg.
  • The Board appointed Tricia Leong as the assistant principal of Frost Junior High school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Appointment of School Board Member:
The Board appointed Nicholas Scipione to the Board of Education to fulfill the remaining term of office for Charlotte Kegarise due to her resignation effective May 23, 2019.

Election of Board Vice President:
The Board elected Mary Kay Prusnick to serve as the Board Vice President.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:08 p.m. to closed session for business matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on May 16

Recognition:
Before the meeting, the School Board honored the following students and staff in the Professional Learning Center with Ambassador of Excellence Awards:

  • Fifteen Mead students who qualified for the 2019 Illinois History Day state competition. Six of these students are going to the national competition in June.
  • Nine Mead and Stevenson students, and their teachers, who were chosen to participate in TECH 2019 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield.
  • Students from Link, Fox, Dooley and Addams for their performance at the Rube Goldberg competition.
  • Dirksen students Kennedy Apple and Taline Abousamra, Eisenhower secretaries Michele Peacock, Julie Raio and Sunita Mani-Sriram, and Community Relations assistant Meagan Kasper, who received Distinguished Service Awards from the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.
  • Ten Dooley students and one Addams student for their performance in Japanese speech contests.
  • A total of 38 District 54 students from many schools who qualified for the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition, including four students who qualified for the national level.

Call to Order

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
Six requests were made and replied to since the last meeting regarding transportation contracts, bargaining agreements and employees, electronics recycling vendor contracts, charter school applications (District 54 has none), the art supplies bid and information on reassigned suspended employees (District 54 has none).

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular school board meeting on May 2, 2019
  • The resignations, employment, salary adjustment and re-employment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 10, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for March 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2019
  • The 2019-20 Workers’ Compensation insurance policy from United Heartland Company of America
  • The voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2019-20 school year
  • The contract for the purchase of technology licensing and support from Continental Resources, Edulastic and CDW
  • The resolution requesting free transportation for students due to approved hazardous conditions for the 2019-20 school year
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked everyone for a fantastic school year and shared a video highlighting some of the peak moments from across the district this year. He highlighted how the four focus areas of our strategic plan – whole child success, innovation, exceptional employees, and facilities and fiscal responsibility – are making a significant impact on our students and staff today and into the future.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report: Board Member Barb Hengels shared that DCAC is still seeking applications and will electing officers at its first meeting of the 2019-20 school year in September.

District 54 Foundation Report: The D54 Education Foundation awarded 450 Memorial grants this year to District 54 students. For individuals interested in supporting this work, please golf, volunteer or sponsor a hole at the foundation’s golf outing on June 10.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved the appointment of Charlotte Kegarise as the Illinois Association of School Boards Governing Board Representative through the spring of 2021.
  • The Board appointed representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Board approved the expenses for travel to the National School Board Association Conference.
  • The Board authorized Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP to litigate, advise and review employee benefit-related matters on behalf of the district.

Announcements:

  • The District 54 School Board Board members talked about the amazing individuals honored last week at the PTA annual scholarship recognition dinner and the Celebration of District 54 honoring retirees and Ensuring Student Success winners.
  • The board also gave kudos to the staff and students who were part of the Eisenhower Junior High School play and the District 54 Special Olympics Unified Sports Day today.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:36 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.

 

 

Brief from the Board Meeting on May 2

Recognition:
The School Board recognized 24 students from throughout the district who were finalists in the 2019 Spanish Language Speech Contest held on May 2. Students in third through eighth grade had the opportunity to submit videos in two categories: native Spanish speakers and Spanish as a second language speakers. Finalists were invited to the contest at MacArthur School on May 2, where judges gave them awards for first through third place.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular school board meeting on April 18, 2019
  • The minutes of the special reorganizational board meeting on April 25, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated April 26, 2019
  • The purchase of Chromebooks for the 2019-20 school year from Dell
  • The purchase of software licensing and support from Dell, CDW-G and Synercomm
  • A proclamation recognizing May 7 as National Teacher Day.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2019-20 school year
  • The Board approved a revised scheduled of board meeting dates for July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Announcements:

  • Board members Charlotte Kegarise and Mary Kay Prusnick visited our 22 elementary schools on April 30 to deliver a book to the school libraries in recognition of Charlotte’s 25 years of service on the School Board.
  • Board members also congratulated the students who participated in the District 54 Battle of the Books Tuesday and the Spanish Speech Contest today, and thanked the staff members who supported them in these endeavors.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

Special Reorganizational School Board Meeting – April 25, 2019

Call to Order

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Results of the Canvass of the April 2, 2019 School Board Election:
The School Board accepted the results of the canvass of the April 2, 2019 School Board election. Bill Harper, Barb Hengels and Mary Kay Prusnick were elected to the School Board.

Oath of Office for Newly Elected Board Members:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Pete Hannigan administered the oath of office to the newly elected board members.

Adjournment Sine Die

Call to Order of New Board

Appointment of President and Secretary Pro Tem: Mary Kay Prusnick was appointed as the president pro tem and Bob Kaplan was appointed as the secretary pro tem.

Election of Officers

  • The Board elected Bob Kaplan as president.
  • The Board elected Charlotte Kegarise as vice president.
  • The Board elected Ken Van Dyke as secretary.

Establishment of Schedule for Regular Board Meetings:
The Board approved the dates for School Board meetings for July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. All regular meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Board Room in the Rafferty Administration Center. Special open and closed meetings will take place at 6 p.m. in the Board Room in the Rafferty Administration Center. Click here for the meeting schedule.

Adoption of Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures:
The Board adopted the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the prior District 54 School Board.

Announcements:

  • The Board thanked the Hoffman Estates Park District for recognizing the MacArthur Environmental Club as this month’s Best of Hoffman for spearheading the creation of a butterfly garden.
  • Board members and Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked Mary Kay Prusnick for her leadership as the board president the past two years.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

 

Brief for the Board meeting on April 18, 2019

Recognition:
Before the meeting, the School Board honored the students whose artwork was chosen for display in the board room. Click here to view a slideshow with the artwork.

During the meeting, the School Board recognized

  • Keller student Armando Gomez who won the 2019 Outstanding Student Technology Award from the Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalition Center,
  • Mead student Dhruv Patel who took fifth place in the Illinois You Be the Chemist Competition and
  • Teams of students from Frost, Mead and Lincoln Prairie for awards they received at the National Fluid Power Challenge.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on April 4, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves and retirement of personnel
  • Checks dated April 12, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for February 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2019
  • A contract for summer moves at three locations
  • A resolution authorizing the sale by sealed bid of vacant land on the corner of Thacker Street and Verde Drive
  • The purchase of computer assessment software for MAP and AAPPL
  • The purchase of junior high world language instructional materials
  • The purchase of technology equipment, licensing and support
  • The amended school calendar with Thursday, June 6 being the last day of school (this will be a half-day of attendance)
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Oct. 5, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared two #WeAre54 videos. Click on each name to watch the videos about Keller student Armando Gomez and Hoover teacher George Schaupp.

Board President Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the school board will have its reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. on April 25. Mary Kay Prusnick, Bill Harper and Barb Hengels were re-elected on April 2 and will take the oath of office at the meeting. Afterward, the board will elect officers. Prusnick thanked the school board and administration for supporting her during her term as president.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on the District 54 Education Foundation and Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Secretary Bob Kaplan announced the Foundation was honored to be recognized as the Volunteer Organization of the Year from the Village of Schaumburg. He also encouraged everyone to support the Foundation by eating at Global Gyros on April 23; eating at Lou Malnati’s on May 1; and participating in the golf outing on June 10. Click here for more information on all of these Foundation fundraisers.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved the purchase of Creative Curriculum, a new Early Learning Center curriculum.
  • The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
    • 4:110(d) – Transporting Students on Field Trips,
    • 4:150 – Environmentally Safe Schools,
    • 4:170(b) – Standardized School Crisis Plan and
    • 4:110(c) – Vehicle Accident Procedures.
  • The Board appointed Lisa Garza as the assistant principal at MacArthur International Spanish Academy for the 2019-20 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked the SEA and SEEO for inviting them to the annual meeting on April 15, with guest speakers Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison and Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Brief from the Board Meeting on April 4, 2019

Discussion Topic – Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Update:
This fall, District 54 implemented a new social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum in early childhood through eighth grade. Students receive weekly social-emotional learning lessons designed to support student needs.

The curriculum was designed by a District 54 SEL Task Force last year, using positive psychology research as its foundation and aligned to the Illinois Social-Emotional Learning Standards. The task force also designed home-school connections, which provide families with information about the lessons so that they can continue the discussions at home.

The task force met this February to reflect on implementation of the curriculum, review a staff survey on the SEL lessons and determine the next steps. The survey results indicated that the curriculum and lessons are high quality, effective and easy to implement. Staff also reported that students are highly engaged and that the SEL skills have supported stronger student-to-student and teacher-to-student connections. The task force is further exploring ways to ensure students use the SEL skills learned throughout the day.

In addition to the weekly lessons, each junior high has a team of Student Ambassadors who attended two leadership-training sessions in order to provide a student voice in SEL implementation. Two ambassadors presented at tonight’s board meeting (pictured above with other presenters) – sharing their experiences at with Mead Meaningful Moments and Frost Pep Assemblies. Student ambassadors facilitate monthly assemblies aligned to SEL themes and meet monthly at their schools to discuss supports needed for their student body. Based on the success at the junior high schools, District 54 will expand the Student Ambassador program to students at our elementary schools in the fall of 2019.

The SEL Task Force will reconvene during the 2019-20 school year to once again reflect on implementation and determine the best way to move forward and adapt to student needs. The task force will also consider ways to provide students and families feedback on the development of SEL skills.

Public Comment:  No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
The School Board responded to one request since the last board meeting regarding certified staff retirees. 

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on March 21, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, termination, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated March 29, 2019
  • The contract for site improvement work at 14 district locations to Chicagoland Paving
  • Contracts for interior renovations at various district locations to Monarch Construction, Midwest Masonry, Olsson Roofing Company, Hartwig Plumbing & Heating, DeKalb Mechanical and Meany Inc.
  • The contract for the purchase of technology equipment with licensing and support from CDW-G

New Business: 

  • The Board approved revisions to Policy 2:250 – Public Access to District Records.
  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to the following policies:
    • Policy 4:110(c) – Vehicle Accident Procedures,
    • Policy 4:110(d) – Transporting Students on Field Trips,
    • Policy 4:150 – Environmentally Safe Schools and
    • Policy 4:170(b) – Standardized School Crisis Plan.

Announcements:
The School Board set a tentative date of 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, to hold a reorganization meeting, which is required to be held between 21 and 28 days after a board election. Mary Kay Prusnick, Bill Harper and Barb Hengels were re-elected on April 2. At the reorganization meeting, these individuals will take the oath of office and then the board will elect officers.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:48 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters and school matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on March 21, 2019

Recognition:
The School Board recognized Mead student Sarah Bradley who received the National Association for Bilingual Education Essay Award on March 7 for her essay on the importance of being bilingual.

The Board also recognized one Hoover team and two Lincoln Prairie teams for their performance at the First Lego League annual competition in Mount Prospect.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
The School Board responded to two requests since the last board meeting regarding outsourced custodial services and the flooring replacement bid.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session school board meetings on March 7, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement, termination and honorable dismissal of personnel
  • The 2019-20 Staffing Plan
  • Checks dated March 15, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for January 2019
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for February 2019
  • The purchase of social science instructional materials
  • The purchase of Makerspace instructional materials
  • A contract for masonry remediation at seven schools during the summer of 2019
  • The purchase of classroom magazine subscriptions from National Geographic, National Wildlife Federation, Scholastic, Studies Weekly and Time
  • The purchase of networking equipment with licensing and support
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on Sept. 7 and Sept. 21, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared three #WeAre54 videos. Click on each name to watch the videos about Mead student Sarah Bradley, Fox teacher Stacey Campos and Collins paraprofessional Patty Kazeos.

The superintendent also shared that District 54 was the District Winner in the Future Ready Schools Film Festival for this video on innovation in our schools. His report also contained a video of the annual District 54 Multicultural Event held March 16.

Andy also announced that Einstein Principal Julie Tarasiuk was chosen the Illinois PTA Principal of the Year.

Cabinet Report – Illinois Assessment of Readiness:
Each spring District 54 students take the federally mandated assessments designed to help districts understand how their students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. This year, the English/language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This test is similar to the PARCC assessment students took last year only shorter. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Illinois Science Assessment again this year. Both tests, which will be administered in April, are designed to measure student performance based on the Illinois Learning Standards.

Cabinet Report – World Language Update:
In March 2018, the School Board approved the purchase of the EntreCulturas curriculum for the world language junior high classes after a thorough review by teachers in that program. The materials were evaluated for their quality in supporting the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, authenticity, relevance to students and integration with Chromebooks.

One year later, teachers are reporting that students have increased opportunities for authentic communication. Each student has an online account that connects to videos, vocabulary resources and practice opportunities. Students can record audio and video and submit these speaking assignments to teachers electronically, allowing them to remain engaged even when the teacher is working with another group.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an update on innovation work in District 54.

Legislative Networking Committee:
Board Secretary Bob Kaplan reported that early voting has started for the April 2 election. District 54 has been meeting with local legislators to share how proposed legislation will impact our district. More information on these bills will be discussed at the committee’s April 4 meeting.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Bob Kaplan announced online registration for the June 10 golf outing is now available at D54foundation.org. The Foundation is also looking for sponsors and donors for this event.

New Business: 

  • The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 4:10(c) – Budget Adoption Procedures.
  • The Board approved the before- and after-school child care facility rental rates for 2019-20. The rates will remain the same.
  • The Board approved the facility rental rates for 2019-20.
  • The Board approved a $50 consumable materials fee for 2019-20. This rate has not changed.
  • The Board approved the milk fee for 2019-20. The cost will remain at 25 cents a carton for students and 30 cents for adults.
  • The Board approved the parent-paid student transportation fees for 2019-20. These fees will remain the same.
  • The Board approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between Elk Grove Park District and School District 54 regarding the water main easement near Link School.
  • The Board appointed Stephanie Fry as the assistant principal at Blackwell and Hoover elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Brittany Ciszewski as the assistant principal at Enders-Salk and Link elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Priscilla Buchanan as the assistant principal at Fox Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Dia Rizmani as the assistant principal at Armstrong Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked the staff members who planned the Multicultural Event for almost 2,000 attendees.
  • They thanked schools for inviting them to events at the schools and for sharing their happiness activities this month.
  • The Board congratulated the recipients of the 2019 Ensuring Student Success Awards.
  • They also expressed pride in the Stevenson students who were honored by the Village of Elk Grove and were asked to work with the Elk Grove Police on an anti-bullying public service announcement.
  • The Board praised the students in the Prairie Center Art Show last week, as well as the teachers who made it possible.
  • Board members enjoyed the Lincoln Prairie Expo, and the amazing work of the students and staff who made it happen.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:35 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment and school matters.

Brief from the Board Meeting on March 7, 2019

Discussion – Positive Psychology Update:
As part of our mission of Ensuring Student Success, District 54 has been reviewing and utilizing Shawn Achor’s research on positive psychology to support students and staff since the 2016-17 school year. This year, the District 54 Happiness Trainer Team designed and led a one-day workshop for all staff that addressed the interconnected nature of happiness and success. These lessons continued throughout the school year during interactive staff development sessions at each building. A team of District 54 happiness coaches shared with the Board one such session, focused on defending your own positivity and productivity.

In March, we are once again celebrating #54Happiness Month. At each of our buildings, happiness teams are implementing activities for staff, students and families to sustain, grow and spread positivity. As a result of this work, we have witnessed increased employee satisfaction and collaboration as evidenced by the cultural assessment results, decreased student discipline referrals and increased student engagement in creating a positive school environment.

Discussion – 2019-20 Staffing Plan:
Pete Hannigan, assistant superintendent of human resources, presented the administration’s preliminary staffing plan for the 2019-20 school year.

The first step in determining the staffing plan is projecting the enrollment. To estimate next year’s enrollment District 54 considers the difference between this year’s eighth-grade class and next year’s kindergarten class, but also must consider the number of students who transfer into and out of our district at other grade levels. This number is much harder to predict. The early childhood through eighth grade projected enrollment for 2019-20 is 15,342, which is an increase from the current enrollment. The average class size would remain at 22 students.

District 54 always begins with a conservative staffing plan. If enrollment increases prior to the beginning of the school year, District 54 may shift or add teaching positions to maintain consistent class size averages.

The district is recommending the following reallocation of licensed staff members next year for a total change of one additional teacher:

  • The addition of four general education teachers due to anticipated increases in enrollment;
  • The addition of six special education teachers to support the growing number of students with disabilities;
  • The addition of one resource teacher to support an increase in the enrollment of new English Learners;
  • The reduction of two kindergarten teachers due to kindergarten enrollment uncertainty; and
  • The reduction of four building intervention coaches, one dual language support position and three district coaches.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: Since the last board meeting, two requests were received and replied to regarding roofing replacement, flooring replacement and asbestos abatement.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session School Board meetings on Feb. 21, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 15 and March 1, 2019
  • A one-year extension of the student transportation contract with First Student
  • A contract for flooring removal and replacement at various district locations
  • The replacement of Titmus Vision Screening Machines
  • The purchase of math, science and literacy instructional materials
  • The release of the minutes of the closed-session meetings on August 9, Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1, 2018 and Jan. 10, 2019.

New Business: 

  • The Board appointed additional representatives from the community to serve on the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • The Board had the first reading of revisions to the following policies:
    • Policy 2:250 – Public Access to District Records and
    • Police 4:10(c) – Budget Adoption Procedures.
  • The Board appointed Kristine Belt as the assistant principal for Nerge Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Allison Schultz as the assistant principal for Aldrin Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Jenny Clark as the assistant principal for Hale Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The Board appointed Maggie (Horvath) Gibbel as the assistant principal for Fairview Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.

Announcements:

  • Board members commented on the amazing energy at the Schaumburg Oyanokai Japanese Culture Night at Dooley and at Lincoln Prairie’s All-School Meeting.
  • The board thanked the educators who attended the Rube Goldberg competition at Hoffman Estates High School last month to support the student teams.
  • Board members said they are looking forward to the PTA Auction tomorrow evening.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:09 p.m. to enter closed session for employment/appointment matters and for business matters regarding sale or lease of property.

Brief from the Board Meeting on Feb. 21, 2019

Recognition:
The School Board recognized Dooley student William Maeda, who has performed at Carnegie Hall; Frost teacher Charley Shroyer for achieving National Board Certification; and alum Kaitlyn O’Brien for saving a life through CPR.

Discussion Topic – Financial Projections:
The School Board reviewed the Innovate 54 projects through school year 2021-2022 and the associated costs as discussed at the Feb. 7 School Board meeting.

Discussion Topic – Special Education and Discipline Update:
National data continues to indicate that the pressures youth face today are contributing to increases in extreme behaviors including externalizing behaviors, depression and suicide. Mental, behavioral and developmental disorders begin in early childhood for many students. One in six U.S. children under 8 years old has been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

Teams of administrators, teachers and support staff in District 54 collaborate to find the most optimal solutions to support our students through the challenges they face. Some of the resources include our social-emotional learning curriculum, the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports program, health care professionals on staff, partnerships with external providers and a new universal screening tool to help identify students who need additional support.

Our restorative discipline process — a whole school relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment — has proven to be successful in supporting our students.

In some cases students need additional supports at school due to an identified mental, behavioral and development disorder. District 54 provides a full continuum of special education services for students at all 28 schools resulting in one of the most sought-after programs in Illinois. District 54’s exceptional special education programming and supports for students have resulted in substantial increases from 2013 to 2018. For example, in the last five years, there has been a 60% increase in the number of students with a developmental delay, a 59% increase in the number of students on the autism spectrum and a 23% increase in the number of students with an emotional disability.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Freedom of Information Act Requests:
The school board received and responded to two requests since the last report to the board related to purchasing records and the custodial cleaning and paper products bid.

Consent Agenda:  The school board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting and the regular school board meeting on Feb. 7, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement, employment and salary adjustments of personnel
  • Checks dated Feb. 1, 2019
  • The treasurer’s report on cash and investments for December 2018
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for January 2019
  • Contracts for additions and renovations at Link Elementary School
  • A contract for roofing removal and replacement at Keller Junior High School
  • A contract for asbestos abatement at various district locations
  • The purchase of two 2019 vehicles
  • The destruction of the verbatim records of the closed-session school board meeting held on Aug. 10, 2017 for which approved minutes already exist.

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss shared three #WeAre54 videos. Click on each name to watch the videos about Stevenson Social Worker Trisha Johnson, Dooley Student William Maeda and Dirksen Teacher Lynn Niemann.

Cabinet Report – Dual Language and Immersion Assessment:
The Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), administered in November to dual language and immersion students, measures reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency through an online interactive format. The AAPPL assessment provides students, teachers and administrators additional information to monitor progress and set goals for student learning.

In the Spanish Dual Language Program, 93% of eighth-grade students are at the intermediate mid or intermediate high proficiency levels overall. In the Japanese Dual Language Program, 65% of eighth-grade students are at intermediate mid or intermediate high levels. Teams will focus on increasing speaking and writing production in Japanese. The first group of Chinese Immersion students currently in seventh grade are on track to meet the rigorous targets set with 69% of students at intermediate mid and intermediate high levels. Increasing the length and quality of speaking responses will be a focus this year.

One of the commitments made to dual language parents is that students will perform commensurately with their peers in the general education program. Dual language student results on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) indicate that 66% of dual language students met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts, which is equal to the 66% of District 54 students overall in grades 3-8 who met or exceeded standards.

Cabinet Report – Physical Education Curriculum:
The District’s Physical Development and Health curriculum emphasizes a standards-aligned, integrated approach to wellness and health, with a focus on developing student proficiency in the areas of movement, fitness and teamwork. Emphasizing life-long fitness, District 54 curricular units are arranged with a balance of activities ranging from lifetime activities, team sports, rhythmic activities, personal fitness activities, recreational activities and games. Promoting physical activity, skill development and cooperation, our physical education curricular framework emphasizes active living and provides students a foundation to extend learning experiences from PE to their daily physical activity. Manipulative skills such as throwing, catching and striking; and gymnastics skills like climbing and balancing are observable during PE.

At the elementary schools, twice weekly lessons in the gym are supplemented with 20-minute blocks of daily physical activity. In junior high, students attend gym or health class every day. These gym classes include fitness testing, a requirement for all public school students in grades 3-12. As an extension of school year physical education, District 54 will offer a Fitness League summer camp this year.

District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
Board Member Barbara Hengels reported that DCAC received an explanation of Makerspaces in our schools.

District 54 Foundation Report:
Board Secretary Bob Kaplan announced online registration for the June 10 golf outing is now available at D54foundation.org. The Foundation is also looking for sponsors and donors for this event. He thanked Nicholas & Associates for once again being the platinum sponsor.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Report:
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick read the PTA report congratulating all the students who had Reflections projects advance to the state level. The PTA also invited everyone to the PTA Auction at 5:30 p.m. March 8 at the Stonegate. Jim also reported that 43 projects from District 54 students were chosen for the state level of the PTA Reflections program. Judging to decide which projects qualify for the national level will be held in early May.

New Business: The Board of Education approved the following Innovate 54 purchases:

  • Student Chromebooks for grades 3 and 4 and replacement Chromebooks for grades 7 and 8,
  • IPads for students in kindergarten through second grade,
  • Renovations to the library media center at Keller and at Lincoln Prairie,
  • “Future Ready” classroom furniture for Lincoln Prairie and all junior high schools,
  • Interactive monitors for third- through sixth-grade classrooms and
  • The redesign of the library media centers into Creation Studios at eight elementary schools.

Announcements:

  • Board members praised the students who participated in the Mead History Fair today.
  • Students from 16 of our elementary schools and five of our junior high schools will participate in the Rube Goldberg competition at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hoffman Estates High School.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:47 p.m. to closed session for student discipline, legal matters, employment/appointment matters and the semiannual review of closed-session meeting minutes.

Brief from the Board Meeting on Feb. 7, 2019

Discussion – Innovation Update:

Last spring, the District 54 School Board adopted a new strategic plan, entitled “The 54 Promise.” One focus area involves the cultivation of innovation in learning space and instructional design. Three action steps were defined for this focus area for the 2018-19 school year.

  • Establish Innovate 54 teams of teachers and administrators from each school who will work to deeply embed progressive instructional approaches and foster a culture of innovation across the District 54 community. Innovate 54 sessions have been held throughout the year, including STEM Leader Corps training starting in January through our partnership with Discovery Education. Innovate 54 teachers also have piloted teacher iPads, Future Ready furniture and interactive monitors.
  • Implement an instructional technology plan that includes 1:1 digital connectivity for all students and technology integration that enhances the teaching and learning experiences provided. District 54 has piloted 1:1 student use of iPads in selected kindergarten through second-grade classrooms and 1:1 student use of Chromebooks in selected third- and fourth-grade classrooms. Virtual and augmented reality labs have been established in all of our schools. District 54 is installing interactive monitors in all classrooms at our junior high schools and Lincoln Prairie.
  • Reconfigure and update existing learning spaces to align with a shared vision of Future Ready classrooms. District 54 opened its first Creation Studios at Dirksen and Churchill. Mobile furniture, interactive monitors, audio production studios, film production studios and updated lighting have all been introduced as part of this Future Ready renovation to the district’s traditional library spaces. Designs for Creation Studios in junior high libraries include flexible learning and meeting spaces, sound labs for audio production, vision labs for film production, virtual and augmented reality labs and interactive monitors for small and large group instruction, as well as updated furniture, lighting, carpeting and paint colors. Four junior high Creation Studios will be completed this summer.

Based on the successful implementation this year, the administration recommends the following projects for next year.

  • Proceed with full 1:1 device implementation. Students in kindergarten through second grade would use iPads, while students in third through eighth grade would have Chromebooks.
  • Install interactive monitors in third- through sixth-grade classrooms.
  • Renovate the libraries at Keller, Lincoln Prairie and eight elementary schools.
  • Purchase Future Ready furniture for junior highs and Lincoln Prairie.
  • Continue our partnership with Discovery Education.

Some of the projects for future years would include the following.

  • Purchase Future Ready furniture for elementary schools.
  • Install interactive monitors in kindergarten through second-grade classrooms.
  • Renovate the libraries at all elementary schools.
  • Renovate the locker rooms and create fitness centers at the junior high schools.

Public Comment: No one asked to speak.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session School Board meetings on Jan. 17, 2019
  • The resignations, leaves, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated Jan. 18, 2019
  • A recommendation to approve RSM US LLP to perform the audit for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019; June 30, 2020; and June 30, 2021

New Business: 

  • The Board approved revisions to the following policies:
    • Policy 2:250 – E-mail Retention Policy,
    • Policy 2:340 – Care and Return of District Property by Board Members and
    • Policy: 2:350 – Expression of Sympathy.

Announcements:

  • Board members thanked Churchill for hosting the board meeting this evening. They also gave kudos to Churchill Principal Steve Kern for connecting with his students during the days schools were cancelled last week by reading books to them through social media.
  • The Board wished all of the District 54 guidance counselors and social workers a happy School Counselors Week.
  • Board members also shared their appreciation to the Business Operations crews who were out at night shoveling, plowing and salting our lots and sidewalks to keep students and staff safe.
  • The Board also expressed their gratitude to everyone in our elementary schools who are welcoming families during kindergarten registration this week.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8:47 p.m.